Weird Bug Lady is your one stop shop for unique handmade plush soft sculpture bugs, insects, arachnids, mollusks, other invertebrates, reptiles, amphibians, extinct organisms and other creepy creatures.
Tell me about how you originally got into your craft, Brigette.
I've always been artsy, spending most of my my childhood drawing or making a mess of the house with my craft projects. My grandmother taught me to use a sewing machine, embroider, cross stitch, crochet and knit. As a little kid I wasn't too interested, but in my teens I picked up some enthusiasm. My grandparents gave me one of their sewing machines, a beautiful 1947 Singer. I played around with it a bit, and after graduating high school started sewing basic things like purses and monster plushies. I discovered Etsy.com which turned out to be the perfect outlet for me to create a business. I kept at it, and eventually became an "official" business, under a nickname my boyfriend had given me. My sewing progressed to the point where I could create more complicated creatures and fulfilled my "weird bug lady" name.
What is your favorite thing to do in the whole wide world?
To explore and look for animals! Nothing makes me happier than walking around my pond or through the woods looking for insects and reptiles that I could chase down and get a closer look at. I have a very hands on approach to learning and always try to have my butterfly net and camera on hand when I go outside.
What is your biggest challenge when it comes to running your business?
Finding time to sew. I'm a college student and work full time during the summer, so my sewing and business work is done in the evenings. I've passed up many invitations to parties to stay home and sew, or to discuss custom orders with customers.
What item in your shop would you most like to receive as a gift if someone were shopping for you?
It's tough to choose, but I really love my scarab beetle. It can be difficult for me when things in my shop sell, as I become so attached to them during creation. However I'm always happy for them to have a new home.
When you were a kid, what did you think you were going to be when you grew up?
I knew pretty early I wanted to be an entomologist. In 3rd grade we had a "career day" and I wore my favorite bug shirt and brought in my butterfly net. I am currently studying zoology and have my sights on continuing my education in entomology.
What other shops or artists out there do you love?
There are so many great etsy shops out there it's hard to choose. I've bought so many things! I really love Spidercamp, Spamberly, Gloomth, Wyspurcreations, and Spiderbite. [Be sure to check out the SCS interviews with Spamberly and Gloomth! - Ed]
What does your future hold?
I'm going to keep up my Etsy shop as I continue my college education and hopefully throughout whatever career I end up with. I would like to focus on more custom orders and on getting the word out about what I have to offer.
Check out more from the Weird Bug Lady at weirdbuglady.com and weirdbuglady.blogspot.com